A survey carried out by Dancewear Central has allegedly found that one of the most famous break up tunes of all time is the nation’s favourite first dance song.
In a survey of 1000 members of the British public, Dancewear Central found that I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston was the number 1 first dance song with 22%, even though it’s, er, a break up song.
Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud came in at second place with 17.05% of votes, and Time of my Life from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack held up the rear with 15.08% of the vote.
I Will Always Love You is not the only odd first dance song, in fact, we’ve found that couples often go for songs that aren’t exactly odes to ever lasting love! Here are a couple of editor-in-chief Natasha Radmehr’s favourites…
Every breath you take – The Police
There’s no getting past it: this is a song about being a stalker. Sting wrote it after separating from his first wife and admitted in an interview that it’s an “evil” song about “jealousy and surveillance”.
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon said in an interview that this song refers to a type of love – skinny love – that simply doesn’t have the substance to go the distance, no matter how hard you try. Which makes sense, considering it opens with the line: “Come on skinny love, just last the year”.
She’s always a woman to me – Billy Joel
Ok, so technically this is a love song. Billy Joel wrote it about his then-wiife, a no-nonsense woman who had a reputation for being a tough businesswoman. But with lyrics including “She can kill with a smile, she can wound with her eyes, she ruin your faith with casual lies”, it’s not exactly filled with romantic sentiment.
Make you feel my love – Adele*
Adele, we love you, but this song is about unrequited love and therefore totes inappropes for a first dance. From the line “I know you haven’t made your mind up yet” to “I could make you happy, make your dreams come true”, this song’s a lament for anyone trying desperately to snare a lover – not a newly married couple.
Marry You – Bruno Mars
It’s a beautiful night and Bruno Mars is looking for something “dumb to do”. And unfortunately, that dumb thing is to marry you. Oh, and to add insult to injury, he reckons he’s probably feeling this way because he’s “trashed”, and “if you wake up and wanna break up that’s cool”. Charming.
I’m not the only one – Sam Smith
We have genuinely seen people take to the floor with this as their first dance song, which is baffling. Why? Because it’s about a guy who discovers his boyfriend has been cheating on him. The last thing you want to do is find yourself waltzing away to the words “You’ve made me realise my deepest fear by lying and tearing us up”,
*Yes, we know Bob Dylan sang it first.